MANCHESTER >> Sabrina Olsen may have saved her best race for Saturday, which also happened to be her birthday.
The Thomaston senior ran an impressive time of 19:28 good enough for second place in the Class S race. The top finisher was Carly Schuyler of Immaculate (19:10).
“My time was one of my best times,” Olsen said with a smile. “I think I ran pretty well. It was good day for me.
Olsen anchored a gutsy performance from the Golden Bears whose No. 2 runner was dealing with a stress fracture. Overall the team placed third. Immaculate defended its title as Bolton place second.
“I was definitely expecting a competitive race, to win would have been cool, but I was really just focused on my team,” Olson said. “We did alright; it was a good season over all.”
Sammi Breier placed 14th for Thomaston (20:47).After a disappointing fourth place finish in the Berkshire League Cross Country Championships, Thomaston senior Luke McMahon more than made up for it Saturday morning.
In the first race of the day at Wickham Park, McMahon was the top runner for his team in a time of 17 minutes and 15 seconds and took sixth place in the Class S race. The top runner was Dhahran Velasquez of Capital Prep in 16:18
“I’m pretty pumped,” he said. “I wanted third, but oh well. I’ve been working all summer for this and am happy.” He said there was no game plan. He just went out and ran.
“I didn’t run at the BLs and I just used that as motivation,” he said. “I didn’t really have a game plan because that didn’t work very well before.”
Thomaston finished in fifth place as a team.
“I think we ran with a lot of heart,” McMahon said. “On paper we weren’t the best but we did well.”
Trevor Daigle finished in 28th (18:35), while Noe Gaudette was right behind him in a time of 18:38.